Shield Your Free Speech – Washington Post

Luke Wachob of the Center for Competitive Politics considers the chilling effect of harassment on free speech: Many people assume that free speech is well-protected in America today. The First Amendment, revered as a cornerstone of American democracy, guarantees that “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech.” But history teaches us that speech is not free… More

Undermining Our System — Mona Charen

Citizens United upheld the most cherished right protected by the Constitution. The disclosure requirements in current law are more extensive than ever before in American history. Moreover, there are some pitfalls in total disclosure, such as exposing those with unpopular viewpoints to harassment. Democrats obscure these essential girders of free speech and demonize the case to suggest that a wealthy,… More

Beware of Anti-Speech Ballot Measures

The State Policy Network’s Tracie Sharp and the Goldwater Institute’s Darcy Olsen say forcing nonprofits like theirs to submit donor lists to government officials is unconstitutional. Every American has the right to support a cause or a group without fear of harassment or intimidation. Protecting donor privacy is essential to safeguarding that right. Read the full Wall Street Journal article… More

IRS Targeting Was ‘Government Abuse’ – Free Speech Crackdown

Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel has a new book out chronicling the liberal crackdown on free speech. The Intimidation Game details the campus war on the First Amendment, the “concerted effort” to combat political ideology that liberals disagree with, and the IRS targeting scandal. Strassel talked to Heat Street about the new book: “Going back decades I always admired… More

House Votes to Bar the IRS From Requiring Non-Profits to List Their Donors

A bill that would prevent the IRS from requiring nonprofit groups to detail their donors on tax returns has passed in the House by a 240-182 vote. Rep. Peter Roskam (R., Ill.) sponsored the bill, which comes as the IRS is under investigation for targeting conservative nonprofits. The Wall Street Journal reported: "This bill helps ensure that Americans can never… More

House Committee Votes To Censure IRS Commissioner Koskinen in “Good Step” Toward Impeachment

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has voted to censure IRS chief John Koskinen in the wake of the IRS targeting scandal. Koskinen has been accused of allowing backup tapes holding potentially 24,000 emails to be destroyed. Republicans say he gave false testimony before Congress concerning the tapes. CNN reported: The emails involved Lois Lerner, the IRS official at… More